Excuse my ignorance, but why do people like these baggy suits? Is it a style thing or are they truly better than a 5mm smoothskin wetsuit?
We ride with ice flows on half the lake in 5 mil suits and I'm completely warm. Are these suits about comfort? My wetsuit is very comfy. I'm not so sure I'd want a baggy fitting suit while riding waves......Also if you get water in the thing.
I've crashed hard enough that the neck seal allowed some water in my wetsuit. It's cold for a second and then fine. What happens if you get a bunch of water past a seal in these baggy suits???
Just wondering. If there is a tangible benefit, I'd consider it. If it's a style thing, I don't care.
Would you be comfortable immersed for a long time in a 5 mm wetsuit? Drysuits are rated for colder water than wetsuits. Other than that, it is nice to get out of a drysuit dry and drive home, but the possibility of a leak is a drawback as you mention, and they are baggy. I don't think anyone is doing it for style or comfort.